Why does my cat shake his tail like a rattlesnake

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why does my cat shake his tail like a rattlesnake

Baby Rattlesnake by Te Ata

Baby Rattlesnake longs for a rattle in this retelling of a Native American folktale, refusing to be comforted by the assurances of his parents, his siblings, and the Rattlesnake People that he will grow into one. Finally, fed up with his constant crying, his people give him what he wants, but his irresponsible use of the rattle leads to disaster...

Based upon an oral telling of this tale done by Chickesaw actress and storyteller Te Ata, Lynn Moroneys adaptation is a cautionary tale about the dangers of possessing abilities for which one is not ready. The illustrations by Mira Reisberg are colorful, and rather cartoon-like. A brief but entertaining little book, perfect for young readers with an interest in Native American folklore, although I do wish that the specific origin of the tale had been discussed - should I assume it is Chickesaw, because Ata was?
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Cat shakes tail like a rattlesnake

Understanding Your Cat’s Body Language: The Tail

Customer Service for Subscribers. Cat tail wagging is far more complicated than dog tail wagging. There are different cat tail wags that mean very different things in cat language. Canines are fairly straightforward with their tail communication. Cats, however, are way more subtle in their body language and cat tail wagging is very nuanced. A cat thrashing his tail means he wants to be left alone. When felines thrash their tails quickly back and forth, it indicates that they are unhappy and want to be left alone.

Your cat's tail is completely motionless one moment, and the next it's A vibrating or shaking tail can mean a few different things, so below.
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6 Things Your Cat is Saying to You

Cats communicate mainly through body language or vocalization. One of the most expressive aspects of the feline body language is the tail position. Unless you own a bob-tailed breed like the Highlander or the Pixie-Bob , you can learn a lot just from the way your cat is moving or positioning its tail in various situations. Out of the many ways a cat can move its tail, a particularly interesting movement is shaking, or vibrating not to be confused with wagging. When cats shake their tails, they express a variety of emotions.

How the hair stands or lays on the tail can also be an indicator of mood: the hair can lay flat or bristle up like a brush. So what does all of this mean? There are a number of great explanations and visuals, like the visual below from messybeast. Tail straight up : This signals that your cat is feeling friendly or content. Mother cats hold their tails upright when she wants her kittens to follow her it may also help her kittens see her, depending on where they are. Similarly, when kittens run to greet their mother or pet parents , their tails will rise straight up, too. Tail raised back at an angle : This is a non-threatening gesture that means the cat is simply unsure about something.


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